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$135,000 - $150,000 / Year
Hybrid Remote
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#120849 Director, Academic Employee & Labor Relations

Extended Deadline: Mon 2/6/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

Job posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.


The hiring, advancement, and retention of UC San Diego's world class faculty, researchers, and other academics is paramount to the University's research-focused, student-centered, service-oriented mission and is the very cornerstone upon which the quality and prestige of the University is built. Academic Personnel Services provides the general campus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Health Sciences with the knowledge and expertise to ensure that this mission succeeds.

We accomplish this by providing leadership, training, innovative technology, and guidance to faculty, academic appointees, staff and administrative leaders in implementing policies and procedures related to the academic personnel program. We are committed to fostering a high-quality work/life and learning environment to sustain the exceptional teaching, research, patient care, and service provided by UC San Diego academic appointees.

UC San Diego has over 11,000 academic appointees in multiple types of academic series, including clinical faculty and basic science faculty. The Director(s) of Employee and Labor Relations report to the Senior Director of Academic Employee and Labor Relations. In consultation with the Senior Director, the Director(s) provides support to the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Personnel, the Sr. Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs and UC San Diego Deans, Department Chairs, Division Chiefs (SOM, SSPPS and HWSPH), Academic Directors and other Academic Administrators.

Within the large, complex, and dynamic setting of the University of California, the Director(s) of Academic Employee and Labor Relations (E&LR) is a key member of the UC San Diego Academic Personnel Labor and Employee relations team and a recognized functional expert who regularly leads projects of criticality to the organization as assigned by the Sr. Director. The Director(s) utilizes comprehensive and in-depth employee and labor relations expertise to provide recommendations regarding assigned cases; will develop internal and external contacts, determine methods and procedures on case assignments, and functions as a lead with other employees at the academic department and school level. The Director will ensure UC San Diego's compliance with academic personnel policy, procedure and labor agreements. Under minimal direction and in consultation with the Senior Director, this position has responsibility for academic employee and labor relations matters that are the most diverse and complex in scope within their assigned area, requiring analysis of many factors and development of solutions with broad implications for the organization - all within the parameters of Shared Governance, the APM, the PPM, Academic Senate Bylaws, Regulations and Legislative Rulings.

This position is designated "Confidential" within the meaning of the Higher Education Employer- Employee Relations Act.

There will be two positions servicing two areas: One position will be based on the General Campus/SIO within the Academic Personnel Services (APS) office area while the other position will require routine work in UC San Diego Health Sciences / Health locations. The HS ER Director will coordinate with appropriate units and divisions of UC San Diego Health / Health Sciences that focuses on Faculty and Physician Management (including Medical Staff, and Human Resources) with APS.

Seeking candidates with extensive employee and labor relations experience in a large, complex academic and health sciences setting, preferably within the University of California and recognized as an expert throughout the UC system.

Some travel may be necessary. May require evening and weekend hours.

Cover letter is required for a complete application.


  • Demonstrated skill and experience in analytical and legal writing. Experience in drafting settlement agreements, charge documents, corrective action correspondence other important employment documents. Outstanding speaking and listening skills, and ability to speak before large and small audiences with poise and confidence in order to achieve support for difficult and sometimes unpopular positions.

  • Advanced knowledge of academic personnel concepts, policies and procedures, including employment and disciplinary practices, labor relations, salary administration, employee engagement, workforce development, and organizational initiatives relating to and/or impacting academic appointees.

  • Advanced knowledge of applicable state and federal laws and regulations. Extensive knowledge of state & federal laws, rules, and regulations concerning all areas of employment and academics, including discrimination, sexual harassment, contract, research misconduct, whistleblowers, records and confidentiality, defamation, and other areas. Experience researching the same when needed.

  • Advanced conflict resolution skills to address and manage extremely difficult and volatile situations/individuals effectively.

  • Demonstrated success in administering performance management systems and mentoring managers on the process of evaluating performance.

  • Advanced knowledge of external administrative agencies and their roles in the complaint process, including EEOC, DFEH, OFCCP, OCR, and DOL.

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training. J.D. preferred.

  • Ability to analyze highly sensitive and complex management issues; develop project scope and solutions; provide professional advice to organization executives and other senior officials; make critical decisions and effective recommendations. Experience in identifying problem areas, advocating institutional position, and initiating appropriate changes. Ability to develop and implement effective training, informational, and educational programs that meet the needs of high-level academic leaders.

  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and ability to address complex and sensitive problems in a confident and calming manner. Experience in identifying problem areas, advocating institutional position, and initiating appropriate changes.

  • Ability to communicate complex information effectively and persuasively, both verbally and in writing, with diverse audiences throughout the organizational community.


  • Background check required.

  • Duties may require direct contact and/or supervision of children (defined as individuals under the age of 18), completion of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) form will be required.

Pay Transparency Act Full Salary Range: $87,000 - $202,600 Annually

The University of California, San Diego is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range for this position is defined as the Full Pay Range. The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position defined as the Expected Pay Scale. Placement within the Expected Pay Scale is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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